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2013 Fifth International Conference on Climate: Impacts and Responses


In October 2012, residents of the famed Wall Street neighborhood saw Battery Park and parts of southern Manhattan submerged in up to 13.88 ft. of water. The record-breaking storm surge caused by Hurricane Sandy brought on a heavy realization that coastal cities in America and abroad will have to face deeper challenges with rising sea levels than previously thought.


The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the US Atlantic Coast faces a 3-4 times higher rate of sea level rising. Over half of the nation’s productivity lies in coastal regions endangered to flooding, where much of the Atlantic and Gulf Coastlines lie less than 10 feet above mean sea level. Furthermore, a 2010 US Census Bureau report showed that the population density went up 32 percent in Gulf coast counties, 17 percent in Atlantic coastal counties, and 16 percent in Hawaii from 1990-2008, according to the National Hurricane Center.


Seeking to track and assess worldwide climate changes such as the rising sea level is the scientific community Climate Change. The international "forum" seeks to share and collect related knowledge via international conferences, scholarly journals, a book series and the online community. It is run by Common Ground Publishing based in Champaign, Ill.


For the past five years, the group has organized annual international conferences around the world, including in Rio de Janeiro, Seattle, and Brisbane in Australia.


This year’s Fifth International Climate Change Conference will be held on July 18-19, in Port-Louis, Mauritius, islands located east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. The conference, which will be jointly run the African Network for Policy Research & Advocacy for Sustainability (ANPRAS), will focus mainly on the impact of and response towards climate change on island nations.


Featured at the event will be scholars and scientists of a wide range of disciplines from around the world, especially in the fields of climatology and environmental science. Papers will be presented on topics ranging from climate change's effects on farming systems to the relationship of CO2 emissions labeling on housing prices in the UK. Also planned at the event is a colloquium on a comprehensive model outlining the current and projected impact of global warming across the major aspects of society and nature.


Talks will be given by four primary speakers: Executive Chairman Dr. Gowtam Raj Chintaram of the Allied Network for Policy, Research and Actions for Sustainability, a Mauritian NGO committed to community-based sustainable development; Mohammad Khalil Elahee, Chairman for the Energy Efficiency Committee, Energy Efficiency Management Office in Mauritius, and Associate Professor at the University of Mauritius; Mokshanand Dowarkasing, Senior Advisor of the Mauritius’ Prime Minister; and Dr. Richard Munang, UN Environment Programme Policy and Programme Coordinator for the Climate Change Adaptation and Development Programme for Africa. 


If interested in attending this year’s conference, click here for registration information. Non-presenter and virtual registration is open until July 18 and both include fees of $300 and $200 respectively. Virtual attendance is an option for those who would like to, but are unable to be present at the conference.  


If you would like to submit papers, posters, workshops, colloquia, etc., for next year’s Climate Change Conference in Iceland, the deadline for submission is this Monday, July 8. More information on how to submit work can be viewed here. The deadline for early registration for the 2014 conference is December 23, 2013, and you can register here.


Also, click below to view online presentations of the organization's Conference YouTube Channel: